I have given presentations based around my true-crime books in libraries, bookstores, schools, and retirement homes across Ontario.
My presentations generally last one hour. I require no special equipment, although a lectern and microphone are always appreciated.
My presentations include:
Cons, Scams and Frauds
This presentation is built around my book, The Big Con (published 2016 by ABC-CLIO).
The presentation examines con artists and scams, from Charles Ponzi (from whom we get the term “Ponzi scheme”) to Bernie Madoff, the Nigerian Prince email (in which random recipients receive an unsolicited email supposedly from a Nigerian royal figure, about a great business opportunity), old-fashioned scams, such as the “pig-in-a-poke” and “money machine” frauds and other forms of financial deceit.
The lecture is informative and entertaining, with an overall message intended to warn people about potential scams and how to avoid being ripped off.
Steven Truscott: Decades of Injustice
This presentation is built around my book of the same title, which looked at the tragic case of a small-town Ontario teenager wrongfully convicted of murder in 1959.
La Cosa Nostra
This presentation is based around my book about the American Mafia, and looks at the rise of the United States’ most notorious criminal underworld. In addition to detailing the origins of the American Mafia, I discuss legal initiatives designed to combat the mob, such as the RICO statute, wiretapping and witness protection.
The Big Bosses
This presentation looks at gang leaders from the past such as Dutch Schultz, Al Capone, Bugsy Siegel, Meyer Lansky, Johnny Torrio, Dion O’Banion and Arnold Rothstein. I discuss how Prohibition turned street-corner thugs into millionaire mob bosses and instituted a wave of lawlessness, particularly in Chicago and New York City. This presentation is based around my books about American gangsters, Dutch Schultz and Al Capone.
I charge reasonable rates and can present anywhere in the Greater Toronto Area. For more information, contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org.